The quartet of John Smith, David Hunt, Kyle Schoombee and Sandro Torrente won South Africa’s first men’s four medal at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne bagging bronze on Sunday.
The crew bounced back from the disappointment from the first leg of the three-legged series in Serbia where they failed to make the A-final finishing third in the B race.
Defending world champions Australia were in a class of their own leading from start to finish leaving the rest of the crews to battle it out for the other two medals.
It turned into a tussle between South Africa and The Netherlands with former getting their nose ahead over the middle 1000 metres of the race.
The Dutch crew moved ahead over the final moments of the race finishing second behind the Aussies posting a time of 5:55.140 with the South Africans following in third in 5:58.520.
“It was a really good race, it felt like we executed our mid-plan with a good push,” Smith said.
“This was a good step up from Serbia and we’ve made a good come-back. We’ll all go home and start improving before the World Rowing Championships.”
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
Kirsten McCann and Nicole van Wyk, who were South Africa’s only medallists at the Belgrade World Cup with silver, finished fourth in their A-final.
The lightweight women’s double sculls crew of Kirsten McCann and Nicole van Wyk came painstakingly close to a podium place in the A-final.
After a promising start, they dropped off slightly in the middle part of the race before launching a fightback to move from fifth to fourth place.
The Polish crew of Weronika Deresz and Joanna Dorociak won the race with a time of 7:06.400 with McCann and Van Wyk clocking 7:11.390.
Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls
Vaughn Botes had his baptism of fire in the single sculls at the World Cup after racing the double with Nick Oberholzer at the Belgrade regatta.
He finished fourth in the C-final with a time of 7:19.060 with Fiorin Rueedi of Switzerland winning the race in 7:13.660.